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Be prepared for Hurricane Dorian

August 30, 2019
Ed Franks ( , Pine Island Eagle

As Hurricane Dorian approaches the east coast of Florida Pine Islanders should be prepared for the possibility of loss of power and flooding.

Current tracking of the hurricane indicates Dorian will make landfall late Monday and turn northwest towards Orlando. However, the west coast of Florida may still sustain high winds and rain.

Pine Island and Matlacha are both zoned "A". Zone A is is the most vulnerable area, the first to be impacted, and the first to be evacuated. Due to the low elevation and proximity to tidal waters there is a potential for a storm surge. If Pine Islanders are directed to evacuate reentry after the storm can be facilitated with a hurricane sticker.

This program is designed to ease re-entry. This is a voluntary program and is not a requirement. Residents are still able to re-enter by providing proof of residency at checkpoints, when implemented.

The Matlacha/Pine Island Fire District and the Lee County Sheriff's Office are currently issuing hurricane stickers to Matlacha-Pine Island residents, property owners, and business owners for their essential personnel. Hurricane stickers can be picked up at Station #1 (Pine Island Road across from the Methodist Church).

You will need a driver's license with a Matlacha-Pine Island address. Stickers are valid from 2018 until 2022. Please stop by during regular business hours from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions please call us at (239)283-0030.

What supplies do you need?

Water: At least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day

Food: At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food


Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

Multi-purpose tool

Copies of personal documents (insurance policies, birth certificates, lease or deed to home)

Sanitation and personal hygiene items

Emergency blanket

Insect repellent and sunscreens

Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

Rain gear

Full tank of gas and propane if you have a grill

Evacuation to a shelter should not be your first choice as an evacuation location. General population shelters provide only the most basic needs a roof with little floor space. If you have pets check for pet friendly shelters. The shelter for Pine Island and Matlacha residents is Island Coast High School at 2125 DeNavarra Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL.

Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Department recommends that people with disabilities must assume personal responsibility and be prepared for an emergency.

For those with special needs LeeTran will provide transportation to shelters. However, you must pre-apply to stay at a special needs shelter.

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